The day after CIA Director Michael Hayden first confirmed that U.S. intelligence officials waterboarded three suspected terrorists between 2002 and 2003, The White House has confirmed that President Bush authorized Hayden to allow the technique.
White House spokesman Tony Fratto explained, "This program and the techniques used in it were determined lawful through a process," with the legality "dependent on the circumstances." Senate Democrats have demanded a government investigation.
Hayden said that these interrogations yielded a quarter of US intelligence on al-Queda from 2002-2006. Fratto said for future waterboardings, the CIA director would discuss legality with the Attorney General, present the president with their plan.